A portrait of Karel Kachyna
Kachyna's films from the 1960s have given him the most fame internationally, but he has also produced popular and enduring works in the other four decades he has worked in. Dora Viceníková surveys the director's career.
A sixties trilogy
Three films from Kachyna's "black series"
Kachyna achieved his best known and most poetic work when working in collaboration with the writer Jan Procházka. Peter Hames charts the fruits of that collaboration in a trio of films from the golden age of Czech film-making.
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Kachyna's Ucho (The Ear, 1970)
Initially noted for its brave political stance, Ucho is now just as remarkable for its pared-down asthetics and unsparing view of a personal relationship in an Orwellian state. Steven Jay Schneider revisits the film.
After the black wave
Poetry and tragedy in the post-1960s
films of Karel Kachyna
After the dramatically tense "black series" he made in the 1960s, Kachyna turned to melodrama and nostalgia. Ivana Košulicová traces the directors development of his favourite themes in this contrasting style.
world of children
Kachyna's Už zase skácu pres kaluže (I'm Jumping Over Puddles Again, 1970)
Throughout his career, Kachyna made films that took up that perspective of young people. Dora Viceníková analyses how the director used this theme to sentimental effect in one of his post-1960s films.
Maturity to the bone
Kachyna's Sestrícky (Nurses, 1983)
Kachyna's work in the 1980s is sometimes seen as compromised compared to the bold stance his work in the 60s took. Markéta Dvorácková looks at one of his "typicals" and shows in what ways it conformed to the era it was made in but also how it continued the director's lifelong themes.
Surviving pre-modern melancholia
Kachyna's Kráva (The Cow, 1993)
Kráva comes close to the poetry of Kachyna's 1960s films but lacks the inventive use of image, editing and narrative structure. Andrew James Horton argues that this is a deliberate strategy to underline the film's folk philosophy.
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